We’ve inherited hope

We’ve inherited hope–
the gift of forgetting.
You’ll see how we give
birth among the ruins.

~Wisława Szymborska, tr. by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak, from “Notes from a Nonexistent Himalayan Expedition”, Map: Collected and Last Poems ©2016

Below is a video of writer Bill Hayes reading the full poem for the Favorite Poem Project:


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